How to handle a compliment

Receiving a compliment obviously is nice. But how do you handle a compliment? How does one respond to a compliment? It depends on the type compliment.

Respond to a sincere compliment with an equally sincere "thank you." If someone tells "You look nice today" or "Your hair looks great" or "You are always very helpful" respond with thanking him or her. You do not need to feel obliged to respond with a lengthy reiteration of your appreciation or the compliment because "Thank you!" is a powerful little sentence that most often says enough.

If you feel the compliment you receive is equally suited for the complimentor, reply with "Thank you. And so do you." Or, "Thank you. You too."

What if it is a flirty compliment? Like these:

You must be in the wrong place - the Miss Universe competition is over there.

If you were the new burger at McDonalds you would be the McGorgeous!

May I have your picture? I want to prove to my friends that angels do exist.

Well, you decide. Say thanks or smile. After all, a compliment is the oldest technique of flirting and it works well if it is done well and responded to well enough. Next time you enjoy a flirty compliment, respond with a wink.

However you respond to a compliment, do so immediately. Don't wait, don't hesitate. Show your appreciation for the compliment.

I hope your day is as radiant as your smile.